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***EARLY LAFAYETTE TAXES/TAX COLLECTIONS.

Tax Collections.
Sheriff Broussard went to Baton Rouge this week to settle with the State for collections made during the last quarter. December was a very busy month in the sheriff's office, the collections amounting to $38,879.
Lafayette Gazette 1/10/1903.



Public Funds.

The collections by Sheriff Broussard during October, November and December have exceeded those made in the same time in any previous year. The sheriff has turned over to the parish during the three months mentioned $16,347.79 and in his quarterly settlement which he has just made with the State he paid in $10,704.34, making the total collections $27,052.13. Of the amount paid the parish there were 1856 poll taxes and $472,50 from licenses. The sheriff is to be congratulated upon his good work and the tax-payers for their prompt payments. The showing made is certainly a splendid one. Lafayette Gazette 1/14/1899.


City Council.


The Treasurer's book shows amount on hand, last report, four-hundred and ninety-eight and 24-100 dollars. Delinquent taxes collected through I. Falk, one hundred and fifty dollars. Received from Louis Oueilhe, Collector, thirteen hundred and twenty-five and 43-100 dollars. Total receipts, nineteen hundred and seventy-three and 67-100 dollars; and has paid warrants Nos. 315, 316, 317, 318, 319, 320, 322, 323, 324, and 325, which we have duly cancelled, amounting to two-hundred and ninety-five and 18-100 dollars; leaving in the hands of the Treasurer one thousand, six-hundred and seventy-eight and 49-100 dollars.


Respectfully submitted,

J. G. PARKERSON,
A. J. MOSS,
Committee.

Lafayette, La., Jan. 4, 1890.





 The Special Tax. - Mr. J. E. Martin has been very busy in the sheriff's office during the last few days attending to the collection of the special road tax. Last Wednesday ever $500 had been collected. Let it be said to the credit of the people of the 8th ward that they have been, as usual, very prompt in paying their taxes. That portion of the parish is always first to settle with the government. As this is the first time that the road tax is collected it will be some time before it is all paid. Now that the people are putting up some of their hard cash for the purpose of building the public roads they have a right to expect better roads in the future. Lafayette Gazette 1/28/1899.
 
 



Tax Collector.
D. A. Cochrane has been re-appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate, Tax Collector for this parish.
Laf. Adv. 2/1/1879


The tax collector was urged to collect all licenses now due and enforce payment of same as provided by law with all costs and penalties. Laf. Gaz. 2/3/1900.


POLICE JURY.
 Sheriff Broussard submitted a statement of taxes collected for the year 1892, and asked for a quietus for taxes of that year. By motion, Messrs. E. G. Voorhies, J. C. Buchanan, and Alfred Hebert were appointed to investigate the said statement and report thereon at the next meeting.
Laf. Gaz. 2/3/1894.




TAX SALES.

Corporation of Lafayette vs. Delinquent Tax-payers.

 By virtue of the authority vested in me by the constitution and the laws of the State of Louisiana, I will sell at the town hall in the corporation of Lafayette, in the State aforesaid, between legal sale hours, beginning at 11 o'clock,

     Saturday, Feb. 4, 1899,

 and continuing on each succeeding day, until the sales are completed, all property on which  taxes are now due to the corporation of Lafayette, to enforce collection of taxes assessed in the year 1896 or 1897, together with interest thereon from the 31st day of December, 1896 or 1897, at the rate of 2 per cent per month until paid, and all costs. The names of said delinquent tax-payers, the amount of the taxes due by each on the assessment of said year and the property assessed to each to be offered for sale, as follows, to-wit:

WHITES.

 Michaud & Hebert, lot 244, Mills addition; tax 1896, 30 cents; tax 1897, 50 cents, interest 46 cents, total $1.26.

COLORED.

 Ursin Boudreaux, heirs, one lot, Kennedy Addition, tax 1896, $1.00, notice 10 cents, interest 25 cents, total $1.35.

 Mrs. Eliza Edmond, estate, one half lot 383, Mills addition, tax 1896, 75 cents, notice 10 cents, interest 18 cents, total $1.03.

 Caroline Mouton, one lot Kennedy addition, tax, 1896, $1.00, notice 10 cents, interest 25 cents, total $1.35.

 Mrs. Susana Richardson, lot 8, square 35, McComb addition, tax 1896, 50 cents, tax 1897, 94 cents, notice 10 cents, interest 69 cents, total $2.23.

 Wm. Foote, lot 9, McComb addition, tax 1897, $1.90, notice 10 cents, interest 92 cents, total $2.92.

 Annaide John, lot 86, Mouton addition, tax 1897, $2.06, notice 10 cents, interest 92 cents, total $3.08.

 Albert Neville, one half lot, Mills addition, tax 1897, $2.90.

 Mrs. Mary Pradier, lot 94, Mouton addition, tax 1897, $1.56, notice 10 cents, interest 69 cents, total $2.35.

NON-RESIDENTS.

 Mrs. Mary Sonnier, lots 1 and 2, square 14, McComb addition; lots 342 and 343, Mouton addition, tax 1896, $5.00, notice 10 cents, interest $1.25, total $6.35.

 Smith Alpha, lot 138 Mouton addition, tax 1897, $1.50, notice 10 cents, interest 70 cents, total $2.36.

 Mrs. Emily Falk, 1,2 and 3, B. K. C., McComb addition, taz 1897, $1.87, notice 10 cents, interest 90 cents, total $2.87.

 Joseph Montet, lot 352, Mouton addition, tax 1897, 75 cents, notice 10 cents, interest 35 cents, total $1.20.

 On said day I will sell such portion of said property as each debtor will point out, and in case the debtor will not point out sufficient property, I will at once and without further delay, sell the least quantity of said property of any debtor, which any bidder will buy for the amount of the taxes, interest and cost due by said debtor. The sale will not be without appraisement for cash in legal tender money of the United States, and the property sold shall be redeemable any time for the space of one year by paying the price given, with twenty per cent, and cost and penalty added.

 The mortgage creditors are hereby notified that if the property to be sold is not redeemed, the sale thereof when recorded in the conveyance or mortgage office shall operate as a cancellation of all conventional and judicial mortgages thereon.

                        D. J. VEAZEY.
                      Constable and Collector
  Lafayette, La., Dec. 31, 1898.
Lafayette Gazette 2/4/1899.




City Council of Vermilionville.


Session of January 16th, 1869.

Members present: R. Dugat, President, B. A. Salles, Henry Landry, G. C. Salles. Absent: Ed. Pellerin.

 On motion it was resolved, that the Collector proceed immediately to the collection of all taxes due the Corporation for the years 1866, 1867 and 1868, and also all Licenses due for 1868 and 1869.

 On motion of B. A. Salles, it was resolved that a committee of three be and are hereby appointed to examine the streets of the town for the purpose of draining the same and report at the next meeting of the Council. The president appointed Messrs. G. C. Salles, H. Landry and F. Martin on said committee.


 On motion it was resolved, that persons residing within the limits of the Corporation and having hedges growing near the street, so as to obstruct the sidewalk in any way, are hereby notified to trim the said hedges, within the ten days next ten days next following the publication of this resolution; otherwise the same will be trimmed at their expense.

 On motion it was resolved, that all persons are hereby notified and forbidden not to obstruct the side walks in any manner, under penalty of a fine not less than five dollars; to be recovered before any court of competent jurisdiction.

 On motion the Council adjourned to Wednesday the 20th. inst., at 3 p. m.
W. B. BAILEY, Secretary.
R. DUGAT, President.
Laf. Advertiser 2/6/1869.


Police Jury - The special road tax was made payable Mar. 1 and delinquent July 1. Mr. Mouton opposed changing the date, but his amendment was lost. Lafayette Advertiser 2/10/1904.



POLICE JURY:
Resolved, That the tax collector is hereby notified to proceed at once with the collection of all licenses due the parish, together with all penalties and accrued interest. Upon failure of immediate payment the collector shall, promptly close all delinquent establishments and business concerns of whatever nature, and proceed as he is more fully directed and authorized in the license ordinance adopted for the year 1900.

 Mrs. E. Fabre's estate was refunded the sum of $9.60 overtax.
Laf. Gaz. 2/10/1900.



Collected.
Two thousand nine hundred dollars had been collected for the special tax fund up to Feb. 6. It is believed that the collections will exceed $4,000. Laf. Gaz. 2/11/1899.



 Assessor Martin is at work taking the assessments in this town for the special road tax. It is questionable if the Police Jury has a right to collect this tax from the residents of the town. Laf. Gaz. 2/11/1899.




 
NOTICE:
Notice is hereby given that all licenses levied under the ordinances of the Town Council of Lafayette for the year 1896 are now due and will be delinquent on March 1, 1896, and if not paid within that period I will after that date place the matter in the hands of the attorney, to be collected according to law.

A. BOURG, Constable and Ex-officio Tax-Collector.
Laf. Gazette 2/15/1896.
 


State and Parish taxes for 1877 are now due and collectable. See notice of Tax Collector in another column.
Laf. Adv. 2/16/1878.






LETTER FROM MR. GIRARD.
To the Editor of Laf. Gazette.

 You have frequently expressed the willingness to use the columns of your paper for the discussion of questions of public interest. I therefore take advantage of your kind and generous offer to submit a suggestion on the all important question of special tax for public education.

 The unanimity with which the tax-payers have always supported such tax propositions is sufficient proof of their interest in and appreciation of public education. The tax-payers of the town and parish of Lafayette have never failed in their duty in this respect.

 When the matter of the location of the Industrial Institute was submitted, the tax-payers with singular oneness of purpose, put aside all differences, political and all others, and by united effort secured for themselves the greatest benefaction that has ever come to this community.

 I feel fully justified in risking the statement, that whenever the proposition is submitted for a special tax for the improvement of the school facilities the authorities both town and parish to the duty they owe to the tax-payers in the matter of rendition of account of their trust in the management of public funds.

 A case in point which I think is particularly in point is that of the special tax for the water works and electric lights.

 I have been informed by some of those in position to know, that notwithstanding the tax has nearly all been collected, there is still a large proportion of those bonds still outstanding and unpaid, and that the amount yet available from that tax cannot possibly meet those bonds.

 I have also been informed, that the total revenues from the special water works and electric light tax should have been sufficient to meet the entire issue of bonds.

 I was unable to obtain any exact figures.

 While on this subject I consider it just and proper that the Police Jury should  furnish the tax-payers with a full statement of revenues and disbursements of the public funds.

 From the fragmentary statement, published from time to time, it is practically impossible to form any reasonable estimate of our financial affairs.

 Mr Editor, I stand ready at all times to advocate and support any proposition which the authorities think proper for public improvement.

 I think however that we must not lose sight of the importance and necessity of the proper use and distribution of the funds so realized. It is right and proper and the tax-payers of the town and parish can be depended on to do their duty in this respect.

 It is equally right and proper that, the people should have full information of the uses and purposes to which proceeds of the special tax are placed as also the present revenues derived from the regular taxes are applied.

 Thanking you for your kindness for permitting so great a trespass on your time and space, and earnestly hoping that all will pull together in this commendable enterprise.
            I beg to remain,
                 Yours very truly,
                            CROW GIRARD.
Lafayette Gazette 2/21/1903.

 



Grand Jury Report. 
 

 To the Honorable Judge of the Twenty-fifth Judicial District in and for the Parish of Lafayette:
  We have examined the Sheriff's office, and report the same as well kept, the Sheriff exhibited the receipts of the Auditor and Parish Treasurer of all moneys collected up to date for the parish, and for the last quarterly statement with the Auditor, the Sheriff desires a railing to be put across his office. Lafayette Advertiser 2/21/1891.










POLICE JURY On motion, resolved that the Tax Collector be and is hereby authorized to receive payment of back taxes. Laf. Adv. 2/22/1890



 POLICE JURY On motion, The Constable is directed to notify the collector of taxes that the Police Jury will be ready and expect to settle with him on the first monday of March next. Laf. Adv. 2/22/1873.




Deputy Internal Revenue Collector A. M. Hewitt, of Mansfield, La., made a tour through Lafayette this week, in the interest of Uncle Sam. Laf. Adv. 2/23/1895



A Road Tax.

 In view of the strong desire now existing for supplanting the present unsatisfactory of caring for the public roads, by a more practical and effective and as the popular wish seems to tend toward the creating of a special road fund by means of taxation, we publish the law governing the first measure in such a procedure, for the information of those who may care to take the initiative in the move. The law provides that whenever one third of the property tax payers of any parish, shall petition the police jury to levy a special tax in aid of public improvement, the said police jury shall order a special election for that purpose and I submit to the property tax payers entitled to vote under the general election laws of the State the rate of taxation and the purpose for which it is intended.

 So. if a move of this kind is contemplated it will be necessary to obtain the signatures of one third of the property tax payers in the parish, to a specific petition addressed to the police jury, before that body can feel authorized to submit the question to a vote in the regular way. In such cases the law limits the rate to five mills on the dollar for any given improvement intended. A five mill tax at the present total assessments of property in parish, $1,600,448 would realize $8,002.24 as a special fund for any purpose, and three mill tax would provide a fund of $4,801.84, and so on.

 Should the special road-tax idea as some definite form, persons who desire to actively interest themselves in the movement will be able to obtain at the ADVERTISER office, suitable petition blanks for securing signatures. We will take pleasure in preparing any number of these we may be called on the furnish, and will gladly and the movement in every other way at our command. Lafayette Advertiser 2/24/1894.



Exempt from Taxation.
 
The suit instituted by the parish against Mr. Numa Schayat, who lives in what is known as the McComb addition, for a license tax was decided by Judge Allen last Tuesday in favor of the defendant. The suit was for the recovery of a license tax as retailer of spirituous liquors and retail merchant. The defendant among other things, contended that he, as a resident of the town, was exempt from the payment of a parish license by virtue of the act of 1836 incorporating it, although the territory where he carries on his business was not in the limits of the corporation as therin fixed; and this because the town authorities had, by an election, amended the charter, taking in the territory in question. The parish contended that this territory, having been placed under the jurisdiction of the parish in 1823 when created, could not be taken by the town to the exclusion of the power of the parish to tax it - the same as other towns in the parish. The judge found that from the evidence these salient facts appeared: that 1884, some time after the town had taken in the territory, the then Police Jury appointed a committee to meet a like committee to meet a like committee from the City Council to confer and report as to whom was due the licenses from persons doing business there; that the joint committee reported they were due to the town; that this report was adopted by the Police Jury, which body never attempted to collect licenses from that part of the town; that the town authorities took charge of the territory, made streets, etc.,m and that it was only several years when a new Police passed a resolution instructing the sheriff to collect licenses.

 

Under these facts the court held that the parish had relinquished its right to levy a license tax on people doing business in the territory included in the corporation limits as extended by the amendment. The judge added that the question is involved in many legal difficulties.

 

We understand that the case is appealable to the Supreme Court.

Lafayette Gazette 2/24/1894.
 


Special Road Tax.

 
The Police Jury is collecting the special road tax from persons living in this and the other incorporated towns of the parish. As the municipal authorities work the streets with money collected from the taxpayers living in town it is questionable if the parish has the right to enforce  the collection of the road  tax from those who already paying from those who are already paying their share of taxes. It seems to us that if the Police Jury can collect a tax from people living in town to work the roads in the parish the City Council ought to be vested with the authority to collect a tax from people living in the parish for the purpose of the working the streets of the town. The Gazette does not know what the law is in this case, but it has serious doubts as to the right of the parish authorities to collect this tax from the property-owners in the town. If however the Jury is in earnest and means to work the roads no one ought to object to the payment of the road tax as every cent available is badly needed. Lafayette Gazette 2/25/1899.


Mr. Henry Church was the first merchant in Lafayette to pay his corporation license, and Moss Bros. & Co. pay the highest license of any firm in town. Laf. Advertiser 2/25/1893.




School Board Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., Feb. 7th, 1898.


Among other business...

 The school board met this day with the following members present: Messrs. Delhomme, Hopkins, Durke, Olivier, Dupuis, Broussard, Whittington and Clegg. Absent: W. G. Bailey.

The report of the Sheriff's collection of poll taxes was accepted as follows and a quietus granted him.

 The Committee consisting of Ed. G. Voorhies, chairman, J. O. Broussard and Baxter Clegg reported that they had examined the account of I. A. Broussard sheriff, for the collection of poll taxes for the years 1893, 94, 95, 96, having found some duly accounted with proper vouchers thereof recommend that he be given a quietus for same for the years herein mentioned.

 The following committee consisting of Messrs. C. D. Caffery, J. O. Broussard and W. G. Bailey was appointed to try and secure cooperation from the police jury in draining Sec. 16 T. S. 10 S. R. 8 of the public school land.

 This committee is also to ask an increase in the appropriation made by the budget committee for school purposes.

 The bill of Hon. C. D. Caffery for one hundred dollars fees in renting school lands was approved.

 The bill for a black board laid over at the last meeting was approved.

 Mr. Ben Avant account laid over at the last meeting was also approved.

 It was resolved that no accounts for improvements or fixtures on school properties should be approved in the future unless previously authorized by the Board. Lafayette Advertiser 2/26/1898.

 

Mr. Henry Church was the first merchant in Lafayette to pay his corporation license, and Moss Bros. & Co. pay the highest license of any firm in town. Laf. Advertiser 2/25/1893.






GIVE US BETTER ROADS!
Lafayette, Parish, Feb. 23, 1891.

 Editor Advertiser: I will give you and your many readers a few sketches  about our section. Our people, as is generally well known, have had that good ole "la grippe," but are now all about well.

 I know we have mighty bad roads. I went to Lafayette Tuesday, accompanied by a friend. We came to a place where my friend thought it best for him to get down and walk around and let me drive over. But I didn't drive over. The horse and sulky went under. Had it not been that my friend was very active and caught the little pony by the tail, and I jumped out and caught the sulky by the wheel, sulky and pony would have been gone; but we managed to save them both. I think if the people of this parish ever expect to have good roads they will have to petition the police jury to levy a tax of so many mills on the dollar for road purposes, then that will exempt nobody from working the roads. As it is now, some are too old to work, some are crippled, or some other excuse. By so doing there will be no grumbling; every taxpayer will pay according to his assessment. Then let the police jury let the work out to the lowest bidder, in each ward - say a mile to one man; he to take it as so much, and he to hire men at whatever he could per day, also give security to keep such piece of road in good repair for twelve months, or two years; then give some one else a chance. In the present condition of the roads no work would do any good; we must wait until the ground dries.

 Readers and friends, think a little about the roads! Don't only think, but try to do something in order to have better roads, for they are in a deplorable state. Come, now, good old citizens, let us put our shoulders to the wheel and see if we can't change that! and instead of bad roads, let's have good roads. I will close for this time, for fear I weary your readers.

 By the way, what has become of Mr. Tugmutton, and Mr. Oberon, and others? We miss them.
             Yours truly,
               LITTLE HATCHET.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/28/1891.    





The Special Tax.

 Mayor Moss has issued a proclamation calling an election for Monday the 23d of March at which the tax-payers of this corporation will be expected to say whether or not they are in favor of the proposed five mill tax for a term of ten years. If the tax is carried Lafayette will have, at an early day, water works and electric lights. If it is defeated these two very desirable improvements will be postponed indefinitely. If the people vote against the tax the town will receive a serious blow. If they take a wiser view and vote for it if the results will be the opposite. That water works and electric lights are needed there is no question, and that the only way to get them is to pay for them it is equally certain. Now, taxation is the only fair and available way of raising the funds necessary and if the people are willing to be taxed that the election has been ordered. It is useless to speak of the desirability of water works and electric lights as it is generally conceded that no town of any pretensions can afford to remain long without them. The defeat of the tax will be a step backward while its adoption will be an unfailing promise of better times. It is not necessary to dwell upon the beneficial results that will flow from a system of water works and electric lights. Every qualified voter is acquainted with them. The Gazette feels confident that there will be a unanimous vote cast in favor of the tax. Lafayette Gazette 2/29/1896. 




 Proclamation.

  By virtue of the powers in me vested by law, and by virtue of the adoption of the ordinance by the city council of the town of Lafayette for that purpose, notice is hereby given that an election will be held at the town of Lafayette, parish of Lafayette, La., on Monday, March 23d, 1896, submitting to the property taxpayers of said town, entitled to vote under the election laws of this State, the proposition to levy a special tax of five mills on every dollar of the assessed value of all property situated in said town and subject to taxation therein, in excess of the limit allowed by law, for a term of ten years beginning January 1st, 1896, for the purpose of procuring, constructing and operating a water works and electric light system for said incorporated town, in conformity to Article 209 of the constitution and Act. No. 126 of 1882.
The election shall be held at the courthouse of this parish, located in said town, and being the poll or precinct established by law before the last election; the polls shall be opened from 6 o'clock a. m. until 7 p. m. ; the ballots to be used at said election shall be printed or written as follows: "For" the special tax of five mills for the term of ten years, beginning January 1st, 1896, for the purpose of procuring, constructing and operating a system of water-works and electric light system, as set forth in petition of property taxpayers. "Against" the special tax of five mills for the term of ten year, beginning January 1st, 1896, for the purpose of procuring, constructing and operating a waterworks and electric light system.

That the commissioners of election shall receive the ballots of all property taxpayers of the town of Lafayette, entitled to vote at said election under the laws of the State of Louisiana, and before depositing the same in the ballot box, shall endorse thereon in the presence of the elector, unless the ballot shall have been so endorsed, the name of the voter and the amount of his assessed property; and said commissioners shall make returns of the number of votes and the amounts of the assessed value of the property voted, for and against, the levy of said special tax, and otherwise, according to law.

The following commissioners will hold said election: R. C. Greig, J. E. Martin and Alfred Hebert; clerk of election, Baxter Clegg.

In testimony whereof I have affixed my official signature, at Lafayette, La., this 25th day of February, 1896. A. J. Moss, Mayor of Lafayette.
Lafayette Gazette 2/29/1896.




ORDINANCE.

 An Ordinance ordering a special election in accordance with act. No. 126 of the acts of the Legislature of this State for the year 1882, and article 209 of the Constitution, whereat shall be submitted to the property tax-payers of the incorporated town of Lafayette, Louisiana, entitled to vote under the general election laws of said State, the question of levying a special tax at the rate of five mills on the dollar, per annum, of the assessed property therein, for a period of ten years beginning with the first day of January 1896, for the purpose of procuring, constructing and operating a water works and electric light system in said incorporated town, in conformity with the petition of more than one-tenth of the property tax-payers of said town, hereto annexed and made part hereof; providing for the mode of holding said election, making returns, etc.

 Section 1.  Be it ordained by the city council of Lafayette, Louisiana, in legal session convened that a special election is hereby ordered and shall be held in said town of Lafayette, Louisiana, on Monday, the 23rd day of March, 1896, at which election shall be submitted to the property taxpayers of said town, entitled to vote under the general election laws of the State, the question of levying a special tax of five mills on the dollar of assessed valuation on all taxable property in said town annually, for the period of ten years, beginning with the first day of January 1896, for the purpose of procuring, constructing and operating a thorough system of water works and electric light plant in said town, of Lafayette, Louisiana, according to plans and specifications now in possession of this council and open to public inspection and made part hereof; said tax to be levied and collected according to law and the terms of the ordinance; said election being ordered upon the following petition signed by more than one-tenth of the property tax-payers of said town of Lafayette, to wit:

To the Honorable Mayor of the City Council of Lafayette, La:

 We the undersigned constituting more than one-tenth of the property tax-payers of the incorporated town of Lafayette, Louisiana, believing that a water supply and means of lighting our town and streets are urgent public necessities , and understanding the established rate of taxation to be insufficient to obtain these benefits, hereby petition you as the governing body of said town, to levy and collect an increased rate of taxation of five mills annually for a term of two years beginning A. D. 1896, on every dollar of assessed value of property in said town, for the purpose of procuring, constructing and operating a water works and electric light system therein; they therefore further petitioned, that as required by act No. 126 of the acts of the Legislature of this State for the year 1882 and article 209 of the Constitution, a special election be ordered by your Honorable body, and that you thereat submit to the property tax-payers of said town, the said proposed increased rate of taxation herein petitioned for and that at said election ballots be used, printed or written, in form as follows:

 For the special tax of five mills for the term of ten years beginning. A. D. 1896 for the purpose of procuring, constructing and operating a water works and electric light system.

 Against the special tax of five mills for the term of ten years beginning A. D. 1896, for the purpose of procuring constructing and operating a water works and electric light system.

 And otherwise that same be conducted under said act of the Legislature No. 126 of 1882 and article 209 of the Constitution of this State.

{Signed} - Louis Lacoste, T. M. Biossat, G. A. Martin, J. A. Delhomme, E. H. Parkerson, J. G. Parkerson, Victor Levy, L. F. Rigues, J. Vandergriff, Phil Crouchet, John O. Mouton, Paul Demanade, Alex Delahoussaye, Gus Lacoste, S. R. Parkerson, L. F. Salles, B. Falk, Robert Richard, Walter J. Mouton, Geo. A. Delhomme, W. Lewis, H. H. Hohorst, M. Mouton, Crow Girard, F. S. Mudd, Jos. A. Chargois, Alfred Hebert, C. Lusted Sr., E. T. McBride, Jos. Ducote, C. Trahan, H. A. Eastin, Alfred A. Bonnet, L. S. Broussard, F. Lombard, Leon Plonsky, Horace Foreman, A. Peck, P. Castel, J. D. Trahan, I. N. Satterfield, Wm. Campbell, Arthur Couret, A. Hirsch, W. B. Bailey, Wm. Clegg, I. A. Broussard, J. Alf. Mouton, A. Degrez, Pierre Guchereau, Arthur Bonnet, A. J. Moss, James Hannen, Mrs. A. C. Young, F. G. Mouton, Chas. O. Mouton, Geo. Doucet, Leo Doucet, Albert Doucet, F. R. Tolson, L. Levy, F. Demenade, R. C. Greig, A. M. Martin, Julian Mouton, Aug. V. Labbe, Chas. D. Caffery, H. Billeaud, James Higginbotham, F. C. Triay, John Hahn, Baxter Clegg, F. F. Girard, C. H. Lusted, A. T. Caillouet, Louis Chopin, Arthur Hebert, Theodore Richard, J. W. Brown Jr., D. McGill, Fred Mouton, Thos. B. Hopkins M. D., A. E. Mouton, J. J. Davidson, H. Church, C. K. Darling, Gus. Schmulen, D. V. Gardebled, Sidney J. Veazey, A. L, Bourg, F. W. Thompson, F. Otto, E. E. Bourg, H. D. Engelman, B. Miller.

      Lafayette, La., Feb. 17, 1896.

 Having carefully examined the foregoing petition by tax-payers of the corporation of Lafayette, La., as at present constituted to the City Council thereof, and having also examined the assessment roll for the year 1895 to ascertain the relative number and amount of the assessment, of said petitioners, and tax-payers, I hereby certify that said petitioners constitute more than one tenth of the entire number of tax-payers of said corporation as at present constituted in both value and number.

 Given under my official signature on the day and date first above written.
  Signed: N. REAUX,
       Parish Assessor Lafayette Parish.

 Section 2. Be it further ordained by said City Council of Lafayette, La., that said election shall be held under the general election laws of the State of Louisiana, and at the polling places established in said town, and the ballots to be used at said election shall  be printed or written in the form set forth in the said annexed petition to this Council.

 Section 3.  Be it further ordained etc.,  that the Board of Supervisors of Election for the parish of Lafayette are hereby authorized to appoint commissioners and clerks to serve at said polling places; to give due notice of said appointment and of the time and place of holding said election, and to make returns of said election to the City Council and according to law.

 Section 4. Be it further ordained, etc., that the assessor of the parish of Lafayette shall furnish to the the commissioners of election as herein before authorized, a complete list of the tax-payers with amount of the assessments, respectively in the incorporated limits of said town, duly certified; and shall also furnish a duly certified list of the electors of said town to the commissioners of election.

 Section 5. Be it further ordained, etc., that the commissioners of election shall receive the ballots of all property tax-payers of the town of Lafayette, entitled, entitled to vote at said election under the laws of the State of Louisiana, and before depositing the same in the ballot box shall endorse thereon in the presence of the elector, unless the ballot have been so endorsed; the name of the voter and the amount of his assessed property; and said commissioners shall make returns of the number of votes, and the votes amounts of the assessed value of the property voted for and against the levy of said tax.

 Section 6. Be it further ordained by the said City Council of Lafayette, that this ordinance and the said petition of tax-payers be published in The Lafayette Gazette and the Lafayette Advertiser, official journals of said town, for twenty clear days prior to said election, in the same manner provided by law for judicial advertisements, and that this ordinance shall take effect from and after its passage.

 Section 7. Be it further enacted, that in addition to the announcement of said election to be made by the board of supervisors of election of said parish, and the publication of this ordinance, the mayor of said town is hereby authorized to issue his proclamation calling said special election and stating the rate of the proposed increased taxation and the purpose for which it is intended, according to the terms of this ordinance.    
A. J. Moss, Mayor-B. Clegg, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 2/29/1896.



First Apportionment Received.

 Treasurer Martin received Monday the first apportionment for the year for the school's from Supt. Calhoun. It was a check for $6,007.12, the largest ever received. Lafayette Advertiser 3/2/1904.

The Police Jury will hold a special meeting next Monday to adopt a license ordinance. Laf. Advertiser 3/2/1895.










 

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